USC Pow wow Soaring Eagle Winners

By Roy Cook

This April 6, 2010 Soaring Eagle Dance workshop is a fine audience to celebrate the 11 Soaring Eagles dancers that placed at the USC pow wow. This past week and weekend has been very busy. Easter holiday, Oklahoma Wellness and the USC Sunday Pow wow have kept the participants and Vickie Gambala, SDUSD community liaison, hopping from event to event.

SCAIR American Indian dance instructor, Chuck Cadotte called all the winners to the center of the dance arena. They received a well deserved round of applause. This is a boost to their self-esteem and a couple of dollars to reward the inner man or fund their college fund.
Sadly, Wilma Mankiller, past principal chief of the Cherokee Tribe passed on after a long illness. Also, there have been recent deaths and serious illness in our San Diego community and Chuck called for prayers for all our relations. He also provided the blessing for the SCAIR sponsored feed this evening. This and additional potluck items were welcome, hardy, hot and plentiful for all to enjoy the meal and then some.



Chuck introduced another performance specialty dance number this evening. Four shawl dancers with colored ribbons, on a thin wood stick, representing the four directions did a dance routine for future Soaring Eagle presentations.

Efforts are being made to introduce the concept and practice of Respect for each other and all living things and our Old Town facilities too. Also announced is the continuing request for those who are in need of materials or ribbons for their outfits to see Vickie Gambala quickly.

From the first opening of the doors both drums kept songs bouncing off the walls and toes tapping. Separate and recombination of dance categories kept the instruction fresh and exciting for the audience and the dancers. A welcome break in the singing is for the birthday song, cake and root beer floats for our 11 years old birthday girl.

There are many pow wow doings coming up in our San Diego Community these next three months. Maybe we will see you and your family at the next Soaring Eagle Dance Workshop on Tuesday Evening, 6:30pm, at the Old Town Ballard Parent center! Everyone is welcome!

San Diego and regional Pow wow activities:

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San Diego Native American Sights, Sites, Delights
On -Going Events
APR 17
GRAND ENTRY: 12:00 P.M. (NOON) & 7:00 P.M.GOURD DANCE: 11:00 A.M. & 6:00 P.M.
(Gates Open 9:00 A.M.)
Please bring chairs and shade.
Sherman Indian High School, 9010 Magnolia Avenue, Riverside, CA. 92503
(951) 276-6719
APR 24
So. Indian
Health Spring Gathering

4058 Willows Rd
Alpine, CA
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APR 24
Grossmont Pow wow
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MAY 1-2
25th Annual Pow Wow at UCLA
UCLA North Athletic Field
Info: FREE ADMISSION, Dancing and Singing Contest, Miss UCLA Pageant,
Attendees encouraged to bring own canopies and chairs, Parking $10/day
Contact OR 310/206-7513
MAY 1&2

Mojave Narrows Regional Park
18000 Yates Road, Victorville, CA 92392 (760) 245-2226
Host No: Wild Horse - Host So: Hale and Co
11:00 am to dusk each day, $10.00 admission fee for up to six people in
one car, $3.00 each for walk-in. All drums and dancers welcome.
Contact Moreena Rocha Chavez, at 760-245-2398, or

MAY 8-9

IHRC Culture Days Mothers Day Weekend
Balboa Park
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MAY 22-23

9th Annual AISA Pow wow at UCI
10-10 pm
Location: Mesa Field at UCI

MAY 30-31
San Diego State University
Memorial Day weekend
JUNE 26 & 27
Soaring Eagle Pow wow
Ballard Parent Center
Old Town San Diego
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